What is a lumbar facet syndrome? My doctor says this is what I've got. All I know is
there's a lot of low back pain on one side. I can hardly sit or twist to one side.
Lumbar facet syndrome is a term used to describe a pattern of pain. The patient usually has:
pain with back extension
decreased low back range of motion, especially in extension and rotation (turning to one side)
pain or tenderness over the facet joint of the spine
pain that is described as "deep aching"
pain in the low back on one side, both sides, or back and buttock pain
pain going down as far as the knee but not causing foot pain
Some of these symptoms also occur with a disc problem. If the doctor has ruled out a disc problem, the term lumbar facet syndrome (LFS) is often used. It describes a biomechanical problem of the joint but could also include changes in the ligaments and muscles.
There isn't a specific test to prove someone has LFS and the exact cause of the pain remains unknown.